By Darren Goode - 10/18/10 06:04 PM EDT
Former Vice President Al Gore is highlighting the need to further respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and stimulate a still-lagging economy in a fundraising e-mail sent Monday for Democrat Alex Sink’s gubernatorial effort in Florida.
Gore's e-mail — sent on the first day early voting starts in the Florida governor’s race — asks for $10 contributions to Sink’s campaign against Republican Rick Scott to succeed Gov. Charlie Crist.
“To get the economy back on track and recover from the oil spill, Florida needs a leader with Alex’s business experience,” Gore states in the e-mail. “The stakes in this race are too high for anyone to stay on the sidelines.
“With Early Voting starting today, the reality is that this week could decide the election — which is why Alex needs your help to expand her outreach efforts now,” Gore adds. “This election will go down to the wire, and the $10 contribution you make today — which allows Alex’s campaign to knock on a few more doors or run one more TV ad — could be what decides this election.”
The race continues to be one of the closest gubernatorial contests in the nation, with a recent Rasmussen Report poll showing Scott ahead by three points, 50 percent to 47.
In September, Gore campaigned for Florida Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Kendrick Meek. The Nobel Prize-winning climate crusader also has helped Ohio Senate Democratic candidate Lee Fisher and is sending a video out to supporters of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) attacking the global-warming views of his Republican challenger, Charles Baker.